Clifford Chance to slash 2015 trainee intake

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  • At a careers session at school last week, my 14 year old son was told that many people want to become lawyers, but only 10% will make it because there are more applicants than places. So the message is filtering down, in some places.

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  • What does this mean for the trainee intake in 2013 and 2014? Assuming it a 120 intake, will they be much less likely to be kept on?

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  • @ anonymous 9.43. It's always trotted out how much it costs to employ a trainee 250k i've heard.How they get to those figures can be done many ways, but put it this way all city trainees (if they're not insanely lazy) bill far more than their total cost over 2 years. Trainees are not an expense.

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  • @ Anonymous | 6-Dec-2012 1:27 pm. I, like many others managed to secure a training contract at a city firm after finishing my LPC. Of all the law graduates I know with training contracts, I have only come across one who used their 'parents' contacts' to get an interview.
    Spreading that image of the profession is inaccurate and unfair, particularly to all the graduates that worked to get their tcs. The reality is that now, because of the enormous number of law graduates seeking a tc, getting one is very tough. Better advice is that if you have impeccable grades, a good degree from a good university and are willing to spend some getting commercial experience then you stand as much chance as any other good candidate. If you don't, you will find it very difficult.

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  • Sixth formers shouldn't be worrying about training contracts! If a sixth former wishes to practice law, Clifford Chance isn't the only firm they can apply to. Of course, CC announcing that they're reducing their intake would suggest that other firms will follow suit, but this should not put those who wish to study and/or practice law off. Those who are most capable and will excel in their undergrad studies will have much less to fear about the reduction.
    However, this will encourage sixth formers and first year undergraduates to get as much work experience as they can, as early as they can. Hey, free labour for high street firms.
    Finally regarding the LPC and GDL, most magic and silver circle firms will reimburse the fees or part of the fees. Funding it yourself also shows firms that you are committed to the profession and thus more employable compared to a 2nd year undergrad applying for a training contract. After all, the average trainee age is 26/27.

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